Loving every single part of yourself can be difficult sometimes, especially in a world that strives to put plus-sized people down because of their size. The body positive movement is meant to inspire everyone to love their bodies no matter what size, shape, color, or imperfections come with them. That doesn’t mean you’ll wake up one morning and suddenly love your body. More often than not, accepting your body for what it is takes time and effort. Usually, becoming body positive starts with taking care of yourself.
Here are some self pampering tips
Sometimes the journey to acceptance starts with the little things, like taking care of your skin. Making sure you moisturize often lets your body know that you care about it being healthy.
Staying hydrated can go a long way when it comes to taking care of your body, so making sure you get a product that will fit your needs is pretty important. Applying an aromatherapy lotion like Bath and Body Work’s Eucalyptus Basil body lotion is a good way to balance your body and mind, and hydrate your skin at the same time. We often forget to make time for ourselves but showing our bodies that we care is essential to a body positive mindset.
Loosen the Knots
Setting one night each week to relax and pamper yourself is a good way to begin learning how to accept your body. After long days at work or school, your body gets pretty tired. Why not enjoy a personal massage?
Lush, an environmentally and socially friendly company, uses natural ingredients to make products like their “Peace Massage Bar.” Spending time to moisturize and massage hydrating products like this massage bar into your skin, not only hydrates but really allows you to get to know your body and appreciate what you have. We only get one body, so why not take the time to truly love it?
Regularly exercising is important, of course, but sometimes a rigorous workout just isn’t what you’re in the mood for, especially if you’re trying to relax. Instead, try doing some yoga. Yoga allows you to stretch out those muscles while keeping your mind distracted, allowing for a moment of meditation and peace that the fluid movements of the exercise provide. Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and take care of both your body and mind.
A bowl of fruit, like some berries or melons, can be just as satisfying and won’t leave you feeling guilty about it after. Fruit has vitamins that produce healthy, glowing skin and provides your body with nutrients that ice-cream can’t provide. Eating healthy is not only good for your body, but also for keeping a positive mindset.
Getting a manicure or a pedicure at a salon with some friends is exciting, but sometimes doing it yourself be more relaxing.
Giving yourself a manicure gives you creative control of the design and requires focus, which can be helpful if you feel your mind is too cluttered. Setting time aside for things that make you happy is just part of showing love to yourself.
Allow for some time to read or write, or even craft because getting your mind off of your daily responsibilities will help you de-stress and bring balance to your mindset. Find a hobby that will give your mind a break from the daily grind and that will make you happy. If your mind is in a good place, your body will be too.
Taking the time to take care of yourself, in all aspects of your life, can be the beginning of the journey to accepting who you are and loving it. Don’t be afraid to put yourself first and show your body some love.